Steve Bonham - Mens Gymnastics coach for Universal Gymnastics in Port Charlotte and North Port FL

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Steve Bonham from Birmingham, AL is a former NCAA All American (All Around) who competed for Armando Vega’s Louisiana State University NCAA runner-up teams in 1975 & 1976. He graduated from LSU with a BS in Health & Physical Education (Coaching Emphasis). After graduation he taught physical education and coached boys and girls high school gymnastics at Baton Rouge Magnet for three years. Then he earned his MEd at Jacksonville State University while coaching the Men’s Gymnastics team from 1979-1981. 

In 1981 he became the Head Coach for Men’s Gymnastics at the University of Georgia. In his four years there UGA’s national ranking steadily improved from out of the top 50 (there were over 100 men’s programs at that time) – to 14th and qualified three athletes to the NCAA championships in 1985. He was twice named the Southern Intercollegiate Coach of the Year by his peers. At the conclusion of the 1985 season Bonham accepted a teaching position at Georgia Southern University and began teaching kinesiology and coaching techniques classes there. During that period he learned to code in a variety of scripting languages and began to develop computer based learning modules and simulations. In 1991 he returned to UGA to pursue his EdD in Instructional Technology and Instructional Systems Design. In 1994 he returned to Georgia Southern as a Faculty Developer and in 1997 was named Director of Faculty Technology Development in the Center for Excellence in Teaching. He retired in 2011 to start a sailing school in Savannah, GA but soon (happily!) stumbled back into teaching gymnastics at the local Islands YMCA – and in developing instructional/coaching resources using his experiences in artistic gymnastics, kinesiology, and instructional design/technology.

In his spare time Steve enjoys a number of hobbies/sports; sailing, paddleboarding, and windsurfing and designing and building furniture and stained glass panels.
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